Ema is a very quiet lady which we have met only once. However, the most important part of her story is that she is part of the Inga Indigenous community, to which most growers in the Aponte region belong to.
Ema has a large family, most of who have their independent farms but also help their mother with the management of her small plantation.
Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Floral
The intense flavors of this coffee are largely impacted by perfect cherry selection, good processing and ideal weather conditions for specialty coffee production at Ema's farm. Located in the Aponte village deep in the Juanambu canyon, this area has clearly defined wet and dry seasons which make it ideal for the production of honey coffees.
Ema is highly focused on creating quality coffee. She as well as many of her neighbors decided to start creating honey processed coffees three years ago in order to increase the value of her coffee. Many times, this can create a false sense of value when not properly executed.
For Ema's coffee, this is not the case. Her honey processed coffees consistently provide a more complex and intense cup.
The Aponte village is located far into the Juanambu canyon in Narino. The coffees here are produced by the Inga, the indigenous community that made up the northernmost part of the Inca Empire. The Inga colonized the southern part of Colombia late in the 14th century a bit prior to the arrival of the Spanish.
Land and farms for that matter are communal and the town is governed by a "cabildo", or a group of elders who make sure that the communities ancestral laws and traditions are upheld.